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Steroid Madness- Has the dark side of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) been over-stated?

Mulrooney, K, Van De Ven, K, McVeigh, J and Collins, R (2019) Steroid Madness- Has the dark side of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) been over-stated? Performance Enhancement and Health, 6 (3-4). pp. 98-102. ISSN 2211-2669

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Recently the journal Performance Enhancement & Health put out a call to produce a special issue on the dark side of human enhancement, including the use of legal and illegal substances, leading us to ponder whether the “dark side” of anabolic-androgenic steroids (from here on, “steroids”) has been overstated. In this commentary, we will briefly engage with this question by unpacking what we describe here as the “narrative of harm”, which tends to dominate discourses on steroid use in wider society. We then consider an alternative perspective on steroid use which focuses on the users’ experience and understanding, with particular attention to the role of pleasure. Finally, we conclude by exploring some of the negative policy consequences arising from the dominance of the “narrative of harm” and advance a regulatory approach grounded in rational research and informed discussions around both the pleasures and pains of steroid use. A more developed version of this argument can be found in the forthcoming collection Human Enhancement Drugs, published by Routledge in 2019 (Mulrooney, van de Ven, McVeigh, & Collins, forthcoming).

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 10:40
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2022 15:30
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.peh.2019.03.001
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10432
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